The library, and step on it!

FROM THE VAULTS:




Japanese Fiction

Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Murakami
Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that’s where I imagine it - there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.
Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
People aren’t overcome by situations or outside forces. Defeat comes from within.
Sea of Fertility tetralogy, Yukio Mishima
What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.
The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yōko Ogawa
Solving a problem for which you know there’s an answer is like climbing a mountain with a guide, along a trail someone else has laid. In mathematics, the truth is somewhere out there in a place no one knows, beyond all the beaten paths. And it’s not always at the top of the mountain. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.
The Woman in the Dunes, Kōbō Abe
One could not do without repetition in life, like the beating of the heart, but it was also true that the beating of the heart was not all there was to life.
Kokoro, Natsume Soseki
I believe that words uttered in passion contain a greater living truth than do those words which express thoughts rationally conceived. It is blood that moves the body. Words are not meant to stir the air only: they are capable of moving greater things.

FROM THE VAULTS:

Japanese Fiction

Kafka On The Shore, Haruki Murakami

Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads - at least that’s where I imagine it - there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.

Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto

People aren’t overcome by situations or outside forces. Defeat comes from within.

Sea of Fertility tetralogy, Yukio Mishima

What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.

The Housekeeper and the Professor, Yōko Ogawa

Solving a problem for which you know there’s an answer is like climbing a mountain with a guide, along a trail someone else has laid. In mathematics, the truth is somewhere out there in a place no one knows, beyond all the beaten paths. And it’s not always at the top of the mountain. It might be in a crack on the smoothest cliff or somewhere deep in the valley.

The Woman in the Dunes, Kōbō Abe

One could not do without repetition in life, like the beating of the heart, but it was also true that the beating of the heart was not all there was to life.

Kokoro, Natsume Soseki

I believe that words uttered in passion contain a greater living truth than do those words which express thoughts rationally conceived. It is blood that moves the body. Words are not meant to stir the air only: they are capable of moving greater things.

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